SELMA, Ore. -- Not only do fire crews use drones to properly map out the size of a fire, they also use them to help with any back burn operations.
"It's been very effective. It's been able to get out to areas that are too dangerous to get firefighters just far out in a line," said Public Information Officer Brentwood Reid.
The Klondike fire is the very first fire crews have used what's called an aerial ignition drone to help with those back burn operations.
“The aircraft goes up. We have these little plastic spheres we refer to them as ping-pong balls. They're little plastic spheres. We inject them with a chemical. They ignite and we're able to pin point drop bits of heat on places that fire fighters on the ground can't get to," added Reid.
And with this new technology, crews hope to get the fires out as soon as possible.